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Hugless Douglas

by David Melling (author)

Suitable for 3 - 5 years

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Product Description

One spring morning, a young brown bear wakes up in the mood for a BIG HUG! So he brushes his fur, puts on his scarf and goes out looking for one. Douglas knows that his perfect hug should be big, tall and comfy. Well… stones are big, trees are tall, and bushes are comfy. But none of them can cuddle. Will he find a hug that is just right? A heartwarming story from the bestselling creator of The Kiss That Missed.

“A charming and endearing tale about searching for the right one.” Bookseller

“A thoroughly enjoyable experience.” Bookbag

“Make sure this adorable book is top of the pile for bedtime reads.” Maternity and Infant

Product Details


Board Book




Hodder Children's Books

Date published

January 5th, 2012

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David Melling

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David Melling is a best-selling picture book author and illustrator, best known for his hit Hugless Douglas books.

Before creating picture books, David worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. He was born in Oxford and still lives near the city with his wife and two children. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost became an award-winning BBC1 animation, shown on Christmas Day.

He has been shortlisted for lots of awards, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for his first book The Kiss That Missed.

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  1. Avatar bear 761721

    on 9 April 2012

    it was ok by wallace1

  2. Goldie 113308

    on 17 March 2012

    his so cute

  3. Clarice thumb 136

    on 4 March 2012

    i LOVED reading this book with my baby brother, it was sooo sweet for little ones, and the rhymes kept it fresh for me too! :D

  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2012

    This book is cute, sweet and perfect for Young Children!

  5. Avatar lion 761782

    on 2 March 2012

    my family love it everyone should its a fab book!

  6. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    A great bedtime read for my son, he loves looking at the pictures and is a nice story to settle him down for the night.

    4out of 5